Little Willow Brooke is ideally appointed: within easy walking distance of Franschhoek’s hub, yet in atmosphere, miles from anywhere. Perched above a bubbly stream that meanders through a rush of oak and willow trees (hence the name), Willow Brooke is a cute Cape-styled country cottage with all the traditional elements: green tin roof, rough white-washed walls, wonky terracotta paving, rietdak ceilings, cottage furniture and paintings of country scenes. It’s ideal for a romantic couple seeking a cosy base to the surrounding area – anything more could be a bit cramped.

The neat interior comprises a separate ensuite bedroom with queen-size bed (with a view) and a tiny kitchen that forms part of the lounge area, where you’re likely to spend your evenings in front of the fireplace with a glass of red or white wine from one of the wonderful wine farms in our valley listening to some lovely music – CD player in cottage. Coffee table books to browse for your convenience. Outside, you have the choice of wallowing in your own private plunge pool or ambling down to the stream and dozing under the trees on a patch of open lawn, or having a braai / barbeque in our Lapa for a South African experience whilst watching the squirrels playing in the trees and seeing some fantastic bird life….

Decisions, decisions…